Welcome to your evil, Turkish nightmare.
But it’s the sort of nightmare you don’t really want to wake up from because it’s just so damn fascinating. Fuzzy, skittle beats layer themselves over future fold hell fire bleeps made by what sounds like an evil android losing his goddamn mind inside of a video game arcade all the while a pack of psychedelic L.S.D. drenched Turkish musicians follow his ass around and… yeah.
It’s an incredible single release with an equally refreshing alternative take (for the infamous and growing to be legendary Low End Theory Club). Something so refreshing that you’ve gotta’ ask yourself, “what the hell is up with 2012 and beats, huh?” Some of the finest beats are being put out this year, O.G. compilations layered around brilliance and originality.
“Flange Face” features virtuoso Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, layering intricate almost future Jefferson’s Bollywood strings over the mad scientists evil monster.
“Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun” features Dimlite. Gaslamp and Dimlite go in deeper into the nightmare odyssey bringing out cyborg hip-hop like never before. Seriously, this track slays and rapes entire continents with one single listen.
If “Flange Face” and “Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun” are merely the tip of the iceberg on The Mother Fucking Gaslamp Killer’s new record, then I think we are all in for an epic grimy dirt hop delight that will definitely top lists all across the board for 2012 and beyond.
Edinburgh’s quartet Hidden Orchestra are a brilliant an exhilarating band and one we have been eagerly anticipating a follow up to their first full length Night Walks and the EP Flight. Elegant excursions into modern and electronic jazz and classical forms, Hidden Orchestra are a sound that is making a huge presence around the world and in a very meaningful way. As a band from the Tru Thoughts imprint, they have worked relentlessly to push their hypnotic sound further into the worlds consciousness. This September and October, the Hidden Orchestra is setting sail once again with the release of a double A-side digital single for the brand new tracks “Vorka” and “Spoken” along with a new full length album containing the singles, Archipelago. If you are new to the group the Hidden Orchestra, they are comprised of the transfixing percussive tandem of drummers Tim Lane and Jamie Graham, pianist and violinist Poppy Ackroyd and bassist and original samples from Joe Acheson. The music is highly enriched, mixed to a crisp sound that allows all the parts to radiate to the brightest degree. It’s really strong music with resonating spaces for sonic bliss through solo’s and beautiful harmony. It’s music that is really alive and takes little rests.
When I first heard the group’s debut full length, it was an immediate connection and general state of deep admiration. The sonic waves of the fusion era of jazz in the 70′s, chamber music, electronica and more became a vehicle and body for the pulsing storm of energy on their debut. Hidden Orchestra take all these tools of the past and modern age and create sublime and color plated motion picture level compositions. The dueling drums is a feature that adds the most organic dimension to the music, always sounding as open, alive and technical as any of the greats in drumming history. When Tru Thoughts sent us the new single for the double A side release “Vorka” and “Spoken” slated in September of this year, we were immediately taken back to those initial experiences with the band. This time around the inclusion of guest musicians marks a turn of melodic identity while retaining many of the features that have made this band so memorable. As the lead off single for the new album Archipelago coming out in October, the band has risen up once again with momentous power through tones from a spell binding continuation of the Hidden Orchestra sound.
“Vorka” is a shinning example of the cinematic depth the Hidden Orchestra sound produces. Deep layering of percussion and surreal overtones of keys and samples mark the pathway for Eric Clapton’s cellist who displays her talents through the musical saw. It feels like there are hands coming from out of the field of tones and are pulling you in moment after moment. It’s a really lush and intricate state of harmony and rhythm that sounds like the Cinematic Orchestra and Jaga Jazzist conjoined. Tru Thoughts couldn’t have summed up this track better and added some interesting notes about the background of this piece. “Propelled by a chunky beat and plenty of bass, the track – which also incorporates a dynamic drum battle interlude – has the feel of a coalescing montage of individual sequences, and the title references Slavo Vorkapic, a Serbian filmmaker who made short montage sequences in the ‘30s for Hitchcock et al, and whose surname was co-opted as film-world shorthand for a montage sequence; Acheson’s acquaintance with this fact happily coincided with the completion of this tune.” The relationship between the classical, jazz and electronic approaches to sound are melted into one.
“Spoken” is a beautiful diversion of sorts for the Hidden Orchestra, with a much more minimal approach rhythmically in most of the piece with a deep, meditative aura that is identified in tone and resonance by the powerful trumpet of guest Phil Cardwell. The overtones are as surreal as it gets with the beautiful sample work of birds and waves added for a dream world unparalleled. Tru Thoughts had this to add about the origins of the samples on “Spoken”. “The birds and waves were recorded by Acheson on a boat and ashore on the tiny remote Scottish island North Rona in the company of Poppy and her father, the artist Norman Ackroyd, on a trip to gather sketches for his etchings, which the band use as the basis of all their release artwork.” The trumpet is washed over with a small amount of reverb and creates an intense ride into hypnotics. The passageway and dawning of a new age in the Hidden Orchestra is abound in this piece. The percussion heats up but gives way to breaking points that highlight all the subtle additives that make this band so special. Out of the depths of the mix comes the strident trumpet and wavering sequences of sound. The drum roll that sequences into the heaviest part of the track near the end is mind blowing and shows a band whose presence and command over dynamics gives them endless pathways within the same keys and rhythmic cycles. The backbone of the piece is minimal with an arrangement that is layered into what feels like infinite parts.
The Hidden Orchestra are a band whose musical prowess and purpose speaks a really serious language. It’s a language I live for in music and is something that has accelerated the shape of music well beyond the times we live in. Grab a digital copy of the single “Vorka” and “Spoken” from Tru Thoughts and don’t miss out on the full length Archipelago in the first week of October. These are without a doubt must own items in the illustrious year of 2012.
The Gaslamp Killer releases the first song ‘Flange Face’ from his upcoming full length “Breakthrough” | Music News
Earlier this year we had the great honor of interviewing one of the most talked about electronic producers and dj’s out right now, The Gaslamp Killer. One of the topics we touched on was the progress he had made on his first proper full length album that has been announced as seeing a release this year. At the time of the interview he stated he was around 70% done and with news trickling out from his social networks about the people who are going to be guests, this has been one been highly anticipated release for so many people. With the title already and release date set in stone (Breakthrough / Sept 18) and Brainfeeder as the label, this will surely be on everyone’s top album lists of the year from the momentum GLK has gathered with his previous EP Death Gate in 2010 and the extensive tours he has done already the world.
“I got Daedelus, Dimlite, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mofongo, Gonjasufi and a lot of other guests” GLK stated in our interview and today we see the premier of the track “Flange Face” with the biggest online music magazine Pitchfork. Featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, this track goes deep into a symbiotic world of dubstep, atmospheric textures, crushing head nodding beats and classical overtones. Experimental electronic music is moving in so many directions that it can be hard to even begin to process the amount of types of sound that are becoming bridged. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson was responsible for the rich string work that accompanied Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma LP and he has been working at a frenetic pace with many of today’s best contemporary electronic producers. Can’t tell you how excited I am to hear this track and have an expected date of release for Breakthrough.
Listen to “Flange Face” at Pitchfork HERE
*Single art from Pitchfork.com
Nature Sounds sets to release the first picture disc single ‘Victory Laps’ from Doomstarks (MF Doom and Ghostface Killah)
Ghostface Killah and MF Doom
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Nature Sounds / Stones Throw Records
Finally, the highly anticipated collaboration between Stones Throws infamous metal face MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clans Tony Starks aka Ghostface Killah. Both artists have given a level of artistic merit to the presence of hip hop music and it’s a lovely experience to finally hear this single. The picture disc has the original single, a remix from MF Doom and Madlib and a special Serato mix that has the separate tracks available to mix through control tones and live scratch software. Nature Sounds is going all out with a limited edition vinyl pressing that comes as a picture disc and for good reason, this collaboration has been talked about and patiently awaited for too long now! Can’t wait to get my hands on this along with the full length when the label decides to press that up for all the fans out there. – Erik Otis
From Stones Throw Records:
It was many years ago – 4, 5? – when DOOM was here in Los Angeles playing us a few tracks he’d just begun working on with Ghostface Killah. Like everyone else, we thought it was a great collaboration. And like everyone else, after the years began passing, we thought it would never happen.
Here it is: the first official release from DOOMSTARKS. This is a limited edition picture disc 12″ with “Victory Laps” on one side (Vocal, Remix, Instrumentals) backed with Serato Control Tones used to DJ with Serato Scratch Live software. Expected ship date is September 6-13.
Download MP3 – Doomstarks ‘Victory Laps’
“Touch You” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Previously unreleased track from the Are You Experienced Sessions released today for Record Store Day
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Fire b/w Touch You
EH sold over a million albums in the year of 2010 alone! Purchase the 7″ while copies are still available from Experience Hendrix HERE
Experience Hendrix has released a new single from the anthology that was released last year to honor the official Record Store day today. This single comprises the very popular track Fire which saw an alternate unreleased mix and now this entirely never before heard track Touch You. Recorded at the end of the Are You Experienced Sessions in December of 1967 at Olympic Studios, this is a really raw track with little layering. This is an instrumental track and shows Hendrix playing some incredible rhythm guitar. The world Noel Redding came from, British invasion sound, shows all over this piece along with a merge of his jamming style he was innovating and his own R&B influence. This is a sweet and short yet wild look into how explosive Hendrix was, even during his embryonic days of The Exprience and before things started to really cook up when he released Electric Ladyland and Axis: Bold as Love. Experience Hendrix have hours in the vaults and I am very happy to present this track at our site. Please note: I would like to give a special thanks to Hawkfan for being so immature and pushing me away from a community that was only sucking the energy out of Jimi Hendrix. It is because of him that these releases are so fresh in my mind again without all the pretentious garbage of expectations on what EH should release. EH is the best thing that has happened to Jimi’s image since his last authorized release.
~ Erik Otis
Touch You, by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is the B-Side from the alternate recording of Fire released on Record Store Day (16th April) 2011.
Touch You is a previously unreleased track from the “Are You Experienced” recording sessions. It was recorded at the Olympic Studios in London on the 20th December 1967.
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Cover art courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan
Grails has been one of my favorite post modern rock fusion groups, they always intrigue me with the type of subtle usage of world instrumentation with their blend of heavy doom style rock and meditative drop out moments. The site Brooklyn Vegan released a new track along with tracklisting from Grails upcoming full length abum fro Temporary Residence Limited expected for release in March of this year. Below is a video teaser released a month ago for Deep Politics. Download or listen to the new track “I Led Three Lives” and get the tracklisting to their latest effort being released very soon HERE.
Peanut Butter Wolf recently compiled a mixtape for the extensive series of upcoming music releases coming from Stones Throw Records in the year of 2011. The beginning of the mix includes two clips of the duo of MF Doom and Madlib known as Madvillain, and is the sample audio only YouTube clip provided above. This is a very long-awaited teaser that is a great gift from Peanut Butter Wolf, Madvillain, Stones Throw and everyone else involved with bringing us this to our ears. The entire podcast with these two tracks can be downloaded for free HERE.
Madvillain: Avalanche & Victory Lap
Madlib: Two from Rock Konducta
MED: Even Though & Play with You
Dam-Funk feat. GT: Rest in Peace
Dam-Funk: I Wanna Do Some Things Wit U
Steve Arrington: Good Feeling & Higher
Jonti Dan AKA Danimals: Hornets Nest & Christmas Worm
The Stepkids: Shadows on Behalf & La La
James Pants: Kathleen & Beta
Vex Ruffin: Walking Sideways & Avalanche
Myron & E: Let Me See You Do It & On Broadway
CX Kidtronik feat. Jon Wayne: The Buddykrak
CX Kidtronik feat. 4 5th: She’s A Murderer
J. Rocc: Rocchead’s Delight & Supersound
Anika: Terry & No One’s There
Mayer Hawthorne: Drums (Demo)
Bryant K Steward: Daisy’s Grow
Unknown Artist: Same Thing Tomorrow
In 2005, lead singer of The Mars Volta released a 45″ release through GSL records, each side containing one piece. I bought the entire 45′ collection when it came out and was always intrigued by the origins of the recordings. I found an extended version of the front side online, the original running at half the time as this extended version. Recently Ceric Bixler Zavala released info on these recordings via an Italian fan site for Mars Volta. The backside piece Sapt-Loka is an incredible sound piece, check these out if you never heard about this material. ~ Erik Otis
From Cedric Bixler Zavala as posted on the fb page for The Mars Volta Iatalia:
i haven not heard the entire version in a long time. i only have like a couple hundred copies left in a box in my garage. this is my failed attempt at ghost noted shuffeling tony allen beats! ha! there is a digital tabla machine running through some dd-5 delay pedal that is being played by a mini hand held tape recorder playing through out! i wrote the bass line…hummed it to juan…omar came up with the guitar and chorus section and adrian played flute on it. it was squeezed in during tracking drums for amputechture, and rushed..very very rushed.i had other parts and chorus bits but i didn’t want to get in the way of the record(studio time is expensive!) the samples are from 2 places and they have nothing to do with crypto samples…the crypto samples are real conversation that omar recorded of himself and the infamous ralph jasso. on ‘private booths’ the samples at the start are from a interview with a psychic who participated in the ‘montauk project’…i sampled it from a uk tv show called disinformation(rip!) the episode talks about how the government used this chair for psychics in a lab in the east coast(nj or nw?) it was used for time travel. apart from hunting down nazi gold, as one of it’s missions… this particular mission was to find jesus on the cross and take some of his blood back to the future. the other sample is from a movie called shock corridors by the late sam fuller side 2 sapta loka is a bit of an homage to ambient german music from the 70s….its one long drone spliced in 4 places and stacked on each other playing at the same time. a shitty casio and a banged up chaos pad(very 2005!) are being run and its all recorded through a hand held mini recorder dumped onto a protools file.its supposed to sound like that and for those of u with no patience…yes nothing does happen thats the point. for those of u who liked it thank you.(…) omar co wrote the piece.
One of the newest additions to the Anticon roster, Baths has released a brand new remix for the sonic duo known as Themselves (Doseone and Jel). This track was co-premiered on two sites today, one being Altered Zones and the other Yours Truly. This is what both articles had to say about this remix:
Themselves, the duo of Doseone and Jel, former possessors of the heaviest handle in hip-hop history, Deep Puddle Dynamics (sorry Leaders of the New Cool), recently re-released their CrownsDown LP with help from some pretty cool company. Anticon’s barely-of-age ace, Baths, takes “DeadCatClear II”– a song about playing caretaker to a stray cat’s corpse as a child– and shoves it kicking and snaring into an etch-a-sketch for a righteous shaking and re-routing of its insides. Gross. (Yours Truly co-premiere)
Our free download this month delivers a lesson in Afro-Cuban swing. Digging deep in the vaults of the legendary Tico label, we found an electrifying version of the Cuban standard “Babarabatiri.” The timbales of Tito Puente are at the forefront here, as is the throaty vocalizing of Santitos Colón. From the 1963 LP In Puerto Rico. Enjoy.
Click on the link to get your free download:
This EP has finally hit the world, can’t wait to dive into this one, you can order it from iTunes here
Words: Shawn Reynaldo
LA beat wizard Flying Lotus has kept himself busy in 2010, touring constantly and releasing the much-lauded Cosmogramma album. Apparently, the man plans to keep grinding, as earlier today he announced the upcoming release of a new EP. Entitled Pattern+GridWorld, the seven-track EP is scheduled for release September 21 on Warp. We’re anxiously awaiting its arrival, but in the meantime, he’s passed along one track, “Camera Day,” for folks to gnaw on.
Flying Lotus – Camera Day (taken from Pattern+Grid World) by Warp Records
Temporary Residence Limited band Maserati are setting to release a new full length and Pitchfork has released a track from this album. This band is one of those kind of math rock bands that has always remained fresh and unique in the way they approach the much explored side genres of post rock music. Maserati is from Athens, Georgia and their style of post rock blends tight grooves with wild intermingling guitar and bass harmonies. Looking forward to this record. ~ Erik Otis